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SHAC Postgraduate Workshop: Geographies of Alchemy and Chemistry

  • 2014-10-24
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
5th SHAC Postgraduate Workshop (October 24, 2014)

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Bungehuis 1.01, Spuistraat 2210, 1012VT Amsterdam

09:30 Registration

10:00 Introductions

10:15 Session 1

  • Carmen Simioli (Napoli), ‘Mercurial Alchemy in Tibet: The Transmission of an Indian Alchemical Practice to Tibet and Its Elaboration in the Zur Medical Lineage’
  • Tillmann Taape (Cambridge), ‘A Geography of Distillation around Strasbourg, c. 1500’
  • Ruben E. Verwaal (Groningen), ‘Crossing Bodily and Disciplinary Boundaries: Chymistry of Urine in Leiden, c. 1700’
11:45 Break

12:00 Keynote: Geographies of Alchemy
  • Dr Peter J. Forshaw (Amsterdam), ‘Transmissions and Transmutations of Alchemical Texts’

13:00 Lunch Break

14:15 Session 2

  • Charlotte A. Abney (Yale), ‘Networks of Chemistry: The Discovery of Cerium in Gustavian Sweden’
  • Dr Axel Petit (Nantes), ‘The Circulation of Ions in Europe in the 19th Century’
  • Carolyn Cobbold (Cambridge), ‘Controlling Chemical Dyes in Food: International and Institutional Comparisons’
15:45 Break

16:00 Keynote: Geographies of Chemistry
  • Prof. Dr Lissa Roberts (Twente), ‘Amsterdam and the World in the Eighteenth Century’

17:00 Roundtable Discussion
Chair: Dr Georgiana Hedesan (Oxford)

17:45 End

Registration: The workshop, including refreshments, is free but the number of participants is limited. Please register until October 1 by emailing Judith Mawer (Exeter),

Travel Bursaries: Small contributions towards travel expenses are available for a limited number of participants. Please contact Mike A. Zuber (Amsterdam),
The SHAC Graduate Network gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors:

SHAC - Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

ASCH - Amsterdam School for History and Culture, University of Amsterdam

HHP - History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents, University of Amsterdam

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